Commercial tractor-trailer drivers typically spend more time on the road than other vehicle operators. While most truck drivers and the companies they work for prioritize safety, accidents can and do happen. Because of the size and weight of tractor-trailers, these accidents often result in severe or fatal injuries.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
Accidents involving 18-wheelers can occur for a variety of reasons:
- Driver fatigue
- Effects of prescription or over-the-counter drugs that drivers may take to help them stay awake
- Speeding or driving carelessly or recklessly
- Distractions on the road
- Mechanical or equipment failure
- Failure to properly inspect the load
- Operating a poorly maintained vehicle
- Hazardous road conditions such as inclement weather or limited visibility
- Driving in heavy traffic
- Inadequate operator training
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
The Impact of Truck-Car Accidents
A collision between a truck and a car is more likely to result in an injury than one involving two cars. According to the National Institute of Traffic and Highway Safety, nearly 75% of the injuries resulting from truck-car accidents happen to the occupants of the car. A truck-vehicle crash is also 10 times more likely to result in a death.
The nature of the injuries sustained in these accidents is often severe. Common examples include:
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord damage and paralysis
- Head trauma, specifically traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding and injuries to organs
- Significant cuts and lacerations
A truck accident can often have lingering effects that encompass more than physical pain or disability. Many victims experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) such as nightmares, difficulty concentrating, persistent fear and emotional distress.
Holding the Responsible Parties Accountable
An accident with a truck can result in pain, suffering, the inability to earn a living and medical bills. Often, the negligence of drivers, the companies they work for or both is the primary cause of the crash. When this occurs, you may be able to recover monetary damages to compensate you for your loss. Establishing negligence can be difficult, so it is imperative to act quickly to protect your legal rights.
Contact the Expert Truck Accident Attorneys at KBG Injury Law
At KBG Injury Law, we have years of experience in getting results for victims of crashes involving tractor-trailers. Our knowledgeable truck accident lawyers will take on the trucking companies and their insurance companies on your behalf to help you get the compensation you deserve. We take your injury as personally as you do.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a negligent trucker, contact us to schedule a free consultation today.